Recently, I was in a Bible study and we were talking about Jesus’ words in Luke 11:9, where Jesus says, “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” One of the ladies in the group was really vulnerable when she shared how she’s unhappy with God about this verse. She explained that it seems like God is setting us up to be disappointed because God hasn’t given her the things for which she’s asked. And I totally agree with her.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has been the central attention for news reporting this year, and it’s been quite the year! Wherever you are reading this blog, it’s likely that you’ve experienced some kind of quarantine, shelter at home, possibly a COVID-related death in your family or friend circle, maybe you’ve contracted and recovered from COVID and maybe it’s impacted your income, health and perspective. I suspect there’s not a person who is reading this blog that hasn’t been impacted by COVID-19.
I keep finding moth carcasses in my house – under chairs, in corners, beside walls and in window tracks. These are not the treasures I like to find. On the plus side, when I slide open the back door for my porch, I’m not as concerned as I was a few weeks ago about letting moths in the house. For longer than I like, I’d slide open the back door and close it super fast, hoping to let in only one moth rather than the seemingly Egyptian plague of hordes, waiting to make their residence in my house as if they belonged.
A hopeless person can be very dangerous and we are living in a time when hope might seem to be getting increasingly scarce. Indeed, when I read or listen to the news on COVID, police brutality, partisan politics, economic woes, international instability and intrigue, police reform, along with racial tensions and observing heated exchanges between some of my neighbors, it can be challenging to keep hope vibrant and flourishing in these challenging times. But hope is very important, so let’s consider where we can get a steady supply of sturdy hope and not just empty or frothy hope.
Genesis 50:17, “When their message came to him, Joseph wept.” Reading these words caused me to pause and think about their significance because it’s uncommon to see a grown man and world leader weep. What would cause Joseph to cry? Let’s consider that when Joseph wept, he was the second most powerful man in Egypt, his dad had just died and his brothers had sent word that their dad had asked Joseph to forgive his brothers for treating him so horribly. The message Joseph’s brothers sent him was the cause of his weeping. This message was Joseph’s father asking him to forgive his brothers.
Happy Independence Day celebration! This weekend, we celebrate America’s separation from being a British colony and decision to be an independent and free nation. There were lots of sacrifices, decisions, activities and individuals that participated in the efforts to achieve freedom from British so it’s a great annual holiday to celebrate freedom!
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My baked chickens have been notorious with my family for being dry, tasteless, rubbery and boring on a good day. My solution was to let everyone pour salsa, gravy or some helpful seasoning to make the rubbery chicken go down the gullet with a little more flavor. In my thinking, gravy or salsa covers a multitude of kitchen failures and sins.
The good news, is that I’ve discovered a recipe for baked chicken that is no longer dry, flavorless, rubbery nor dull. It’s taken me a few attempts to get comfortable with the recipe and process, but it’s well worth the effort! And lots of practice can make for lots of success.
Start your Sundays with Sarah as she continues her series called Short Sunday Sermons! These will be short inspiring nuggets cut from Sarah’s sermons! Today Sarah teaches on how Jesus provides for us and nourishes us even in the midst of the enemy!
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All the shops were shuttered, hallways vacant, escalators were moving and only a smattering of people were seen, mostly keeping to themselves. This was my experience recently, doing my first venture back into the travel world and navigating a few airports. What has been bustling, busy, focused and populated now feels vacant, eerie and empty. It didn’t help that I saw someone on one of my planes in a full-blown hazmat suit, complete with safety goggles, booties for her shoes, gloves and duct tape around her ankles and wrists. Clearly, she preferred not to chat with me. I suspect she has a medical condition and was flying at great personal risk, so I prayed for her.
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Start your Sundays with Sarah as she continues her series called Short Sunday Sermons! These will be short inspiring nuggets cut from Sarah’s sermons! Today Sarah teaches on motherhood and how their background influences how they mother us!
How do you feel about wearing face masks? Do you want everyone to wear them to minimize the possible exposure risk to COVID? Do you resent someone telling you to cover half of your face and deal with struggling to breathe through a mask? Does it tick you off that you wear a mask and other people in the grocery store don’t? Or do you think that people who wear masks are over-reacting?
How about the racial stuff that’s overtaken the news headlines in the last few weeks? Are you angry that white people are insensitive and entitled? Are you upset that minorities are speaking out about injustices in police systems or judicial experiences?
Join Sarah Bowling as she continues her series on Shady People! Today Sarah teaches on Lot: Abram’s nephew and how we must learn the lesson of making better quality choices and not just wealth choices.
Start your Sundays with Sarah as she continues her series called Short Sunday Sermons! These will be short inspiring nuggets cut from Sarah’s sermons! Today Sarah teaches on how Jesus heals us both physically and emotionally!
The attention and concern we gave to the COVID pandemic have largely been replaced by the outrage and upheaval from George Floyd’s senseless and brutal death in Minneapolis last week. I was appalled by what I saw. A week later, I’m still very disturbed by this atrocity. Furthermore, our nation has exploded with protests, demonstrations and outrage, some of which has been peaceful and some has been violent and destructive. The religious establishment (archbishops, the Pope, denominations, etc.) have responded by condemning racism and calling for peace and reconciliation.
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